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DETUNE-X: Purevil

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 05 2007
Artist: DETUNE-X
Title: Purevil
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Born as a solo :Bahntier// side project, Detune-X with this new PUREVIL see the project become a duo thanks to Eric Van Wonterghem (Sonar, Monolith, Insekt). The twelve tracks of the album sound like a never ending party of industrial hypnotic sounds. Based mainly on rhythm variations the duo created a thick soundtrack like experience, blending rhythm layers, drones and some ambient solutions. Of the lot I preferred the tracks that had also some drones and samples because I like rhythm but when it become the main thing and the album turns into a modern tribal hypnotic experience I tend to lost my concentration but if you are into these sounds and you are picky about sound production, this could be the right one for you.

VV.AA.: SCHLAGSTROM "Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 02"

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 02 2007
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: SCHLAGSTROM "Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 02"
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rusblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Second chapter of the SCHLAGSTROM saga and released for the fourth edition of the festival, this new double compilation shows all the highs and lows of nowadays industrial noise scene. If most of the tracks are good at creating a rhythmic web of sound where your senses are tested by torrents of distorted noises and are able to change the atmosphere in a moment being able to catch your attention (the best of the lot are Empusae, Sonar, Insekt, P.A.L., Muckrackers, Hybrids, "Bahntier and Desdemona), most of the remaining ones tend to stuck their sound into a pure "Sturm und Drang" style where the nihilistic approach wins on the creativity. This approach brings you tracks based on the repetition of few sounds distorted as much as possible which personally don't convince me that much. Fortunately the highs are many and most of the tracks are exclusive to this release, so if you are a lover of the genre there are many interesting points to check...


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 26 2007
Artist: SIGILLUM S (@)
Title: 23120
Format: CD
Label: Verba Corrige
Rated: *****
After seven years from their latest release, Sigillum S (Eraldo Bernocchi, Paolo Bandera and Luca Digiorgio) are back to celebrate their twenty years of activity. The new album 23120 has been issued as CD and limited double vinyl and they differ because they have seven exclusive tracks each, for a total of 23 new tracks. At the moment I received only the CD edition, so I'm going to talk about that one. I know Sigillum S since day one and I must say that I appreciated a lot their early stuff and a bit less the "Malattia" saga, musically talking. With 23120 they are back with a sound that sum twenty years of musical experiences that the trio had with Sigillum S and also with many other projects (Eraldo collaborated with many dub/experimental music gods as well as Paolo gathered many recordings under the Sshe Retina Stimulants moniker where we can see him as noise manipulator or under the Komplet one). As far as I understood Paolo gathered tons of sound sources (noises, electronics, samples, etc.) and Eraldo recorded and engineered everything. Many other people helped them with audio contributions (Andrea Marutti, Zu, Xabier Iriondo, Mark Solotroff to name few) and some tracks see also guests on vocals, guitars, etc. The sixteen tracks of the CD edition amaze first of all because the sound production and because the "thick" ambience they are able to create. If you want me to be more specific, I can talk about 23120 as a great obscure ambient dub album with many industrial and experimental inserts. You can find tension on each track and if on the dub/industrial crossover of "Soil-Borne Bacterium Root To Insect Pets & Safe To Higher" it explodes (thanks to the distorted vocals of Della Volpe), on tracks like "Legacy Of Identity Politics (Kill, Kill, Kill)" (which reminds the sound of one of their old tapes "Bardo Thos-Ghrol) or "Adventurous Contemporary Tune" is something more subtle, more like a crawling sensation. Great sounds and great atmospheres are making of this album a really good come back for Sigillum S. Do yourself a favor and check it!

Terror Punk Syndicate: Extendet Playtime

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 24 2007
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Artist: Terror Punk Syndicate (@)
Title: Extendet Playtime
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Border Music
Rated: *****
After having discovered John David Karlgren’s project available on some well-achieved compilation like "Interbreeding VII" or the last "Burn/Evolve/Progress" compilation I was expecting a very near to FLA-like output of this debut release. But TERROR PUNK SYNDICATE’s musically horizon goes further and a simplification on only the FLA-formula is invalid. TPS combines some of the Leeb-esques structures like already offered with "Dysmorphia (Epicentre Version)" on the mentioned compilations with a rather classic Coldwave/Industrial-sound – the rich given info in the art names among others MINISTRY, KMFDM, NIN or PUPPY to be quells of inspiration. This somehow fits very well, and it has to be mentioned that John uses his art to inform the listener about his dedication. I find it quite funny that he explains, that the band name TERROR PUNK SYNDICATE was suggested by a band name generator and has no significant meaning – I would use this name to baptize a notorious forum :-D...
Well, back on topic, this TERROR PUNK SYNDICATE debut therefore doesn’t follow the Trance/Techno-driven ultimate Hellektro-power, though the band name may suggests this. It is classic structured and composed with angry lyrics and an enraged male vocal performance reminding me in the clear and natural sounding moments ("Dark Is The Psyche Of Man") a bit on BLUE EYED CHRIST (...and I refer ONLY on the EBM-related releases a long time out of print on KK Records...). Straight and linear produced ripping synth bass lines unite well with guitar riffs, also some rhythmic D’n’B-loops are featured as well, this album offers several highlights like "Horizon (Version)" (conspicuous melodic with harsher effected vocals), "Respect" (moves forward and should cause action on the dancefloors...), "I Wish I Was Retarded" (excellent ironic lyrics causing a smile), "Transhuman Dream" (kind of a Pop-song, maybe? Catchy as hell and excellent vocoder effects on the vocals...) and "Animal Love" (a "hot" theme with some sheep-samples, funny and sarcastic interpreted...).
And although that the EBM-purists maybe a bit frightened by the included guitar riffs and the generally American-sounding outfit, this album acts well like a long missed friend. Isn’t it funny how some newcomer acts seriously think about to escape the currently happened musically stagnancy by integrating the ideas of some veteran acts? Maybe the times 10 – 15 years before were better – musically I have to agree and would undersign this claim – this fine debut is an excellent proof.

Promonium Jesters : Your Face

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 21 2007
Artist: Promonium Jesters (@)
Title: Your Face
Format: CD
Label: P in a Circle (@)
Rated: *****
Promonium Jesters were formed in April 1994 by school friends Greg Cox and Ethan Moseley in Uxbridge Ontario, Canada. The info included with the release lists five members playing guitar, guitar and synths, and sampling accompanied by drum programming (no live drummer for the recording session). This has all the marks of a mix between heavy metal and NIN industrial with an experimental twist. Sonically dense with lots of fast beats. A lot of the vocals (with the de rigeur distortion) seem to be samples lifted from TV and movies, along with vocals by one Ethan Moseley. The overall tone of the release is the usual "life is horrible" theme blaming the usual suspects. The first half of the disk is dominated by the guitar-based metal/industrial din, but the second half is where I think they make their mark. This is where they let themselves be a bit freer in the sound department and let up on the spls. More room is given to melodic development and experimentation producing some quite interesting results. Not bad at all. There was only one weak track (#9) which I thought could have been edited or even left out completely. This is a touring band from Canada so I give them props for getting out of the bedroom or garage and doing this live.

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